Former Gloriavale members have lodged an Employment Relations Authority claim seeking $5.2 million in lost wages and compensation. Supporters are calling for other leavers and current members to join a wider claim that could total $20 million. Two landmark Employment Court cases found that the men and women were employees, not volunteers, working in factories, farms, and domestic teams. The court’s chief judge ruled that the women were taught from birth to submit to male leadership and worked under punishing conditions. Gloriavale, a Christian community, has consistently denied that the plaintiffs were employees.